Pet Store Birds – A Couple Of Escapees!

Pet Store Birds – A Couple Of Escapees!

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Nutmeg Mannikin or Scaly-breasted Munia or Spice Finch

This non-native non-migratory bird was recently added to the California Bird State list. A native to Asia, this bird has been around California for awhile. Though just how they arrived is in question, the escapees from a pet store always seems to be a favorite story… when you first see them you really don’t know what you’re looking at since they aren’t in many of your bird books or birding apps, but find a native birder and they will know just what you’ve seen!

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